Berlin Man Sentenced In Weapons Case

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A federal judge has sentenced a Connecticut man to more than 8 years in prison for illegally possessing automatic machine guns, silencers, grenades and improvised explosive devices at his booby-trapped house.

Prosecutors say Alan D. Zaleski of Berlin was sentenced to 8 years and five months Thursday in New Haven for what authorities called one of the largest seizures of illegal weapons and paraphernalia in state history.

The 47-year-old Zaleski was found guilty last year of 15 counts of illegally possessing automatic machine guns and 12 counts of possessing unregistered weapons.

Police were led to Zaleski’s house after a tree cutter spotted what appeared to be a tripwire across his driveway and an explosive device. Authorities say his property had several booby traps, including trip wires connected to explosives.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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